FORMER Australia’s Next Top Model winner Tahnee Atkinson feels right at home in her new role as Linneys’ campaign ambassador.
The Cottesloe-raised model who has been living in the UK is the new face of the brand’s Butterfly Lovers campaign, a role she said she was excited to be involved in.
“At the time of the shoot I had been living in London so being able to fly home and work for such an iconic western Australian brand was very exciting,” she said.
“The campaign is inspired by a Chinese love story and on the day I got to work with real butterflies which was pretty special.”
Having first fallen in love with the brand on 21st birthday, Atkinson said she loved everything it epitomised.
“My granddad has been a client of Linneys’ for a long time – he bought each of his granddaughters their 21st birthday presents so we have always grown up knowing and loving Linneys,” she said.
“I love that it’s a family business, being able to support western Australian brands is my favourite.
“It’s also such a lovely experience walking through the Subiaco store and being able to watch the jewellery getting made.”
Listing her favourite pieces from the current collection as the delicate gold diamond bands and pearl head piece designed by Justin Linney and handcrafted by Alan Linney, Atkinson said the essential item every woman should own was a simple pair of everyday earrings.
Juggling her time between Sydney and Europe Atkinson has also added swimwear designer to her resume, recently creating her own label Kenni and Kai with sister Kaila.
“My sister Kaila and I grew up in a household with creative instincts and a huge love for fashion and travel, which stimulated our love for design,” she said.
“Our family has generations of experience in the textile industry, so naturally it has always been an interest of ours.
“I think if you find the right shape (of swimwear) for you, than you feel comfortable and when you’re comfortable, you’re confident.”